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Re: “Walters: Scott's Customer-First Environmental Stewardship

Thank god Annette Smith is on the case. But, true to form, no argument about political cronyism and the environment is complete without some mention of the whirly wigs that destroy our "sacred ridgelines," ruin peoples sleep, kills dogs, allowed the Russians to hack the utility grid, and I'm sure that in a few month we're going to be hearing that wind turbines actually CAUSE global warming.

Posted by Gus Steves on 02/24/2017 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Scott Administration Opposes Vermont Marijuana Legalization Bill

I've had Multiple Sclerosis for 34 years; marijuana makes my life more functional and reduces chronic whole-body, 24/7 pain, and cuts the depression associated with chronic debilitation. Currently I've got to jump through hoops and pay $100/year to the VT Criminal(?) Information Center for designation as a medical marijuana patient.

Stop dithering like _Ma Kettle_ or _Lucy Ricardo_ and make it legal: Sell it, tax it (save for verified, PERMANENT medical exemptions, and control it in liquor outlets.

Right now, Killer Alcohol is the norm (e.g. Sen. Ted Kennedy, q.v.). A Vermont State Trooper, coincidentally remarked, "At worst, a pot smoker on the road -- without alcohol -- would slow traffic... and sit at an intersection waiting for the stop sign to turn green!"
Marijuana slows one down; eases pain; helps with depression and does NOT, as does hooch, turn drivers into uncontrolled, barely punished vehicular murderers.

Q.E.D.

The development of Federal and Vermont legislators is arrested in 1939's "Reefer Madness" mentality while many need alcohol rehab. It's about time they grew a pair and grew up!

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Posted by David Millson on 02/24/2017 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Prosecutors to Drop 14 Cases After Burlington Cop 'Lied' About Stop

I look like what I am: I'm tall, white, I've got this sort of crazy beard, which, for me, reads academic-eccentric. And yet, I won't be stopped for looking ethic.

Chief del Pozo, you have a lot to answer for. Do it.

Posted by RudigerVT on 02/24/2017 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Who's That Roadside Elvis in Addison County?

He lives in Bristol his birth name is Danny galvan my grandmother used to have sex with him back in the 80s lol go to the liquor store in Bristol vt they can point you to his place he lives just up the street not far from there .....he's not hard to find! Everyone knows him!

Posted by Brian Lafountain on 02/24/2017 at 12:41 AM

Re: “Book Review: In the Country of the Blind by Edward Hoagland

Edward Hoagland writing about his blindness is most compelling. Keep in mind he also has written a great deal about his stuttering. The website of The Stuttering Foundation has a biographical article on Hoagland and his stuttering. This is the link:

http://www.stutteringhelp.org/celebritycorner

Posted by George Lawrence on 02/23/2017 at 11:25 PM

Re: “Walters: Scott's Customer-First Environmental Stewardship

God forbid the Scott administration should try something different from the previous regime. The horror!

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Posted by Lars on 02/23/2017 at 10:04 PM

Re: “Vermont's Right Thinks Scott is Wrong on Trump

I applaud our Governor for being proactive on this issue and for doing what he feels is right. I love being a Vermonter :)

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Posted by Laurie Sohrabi on 02/23/2017 at 9:28 PM

Re: “Walters: Scott's Customer-First Environmental Stewardship

Once again, it's all about Annette Smith personally.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 02/23/2017 at 8:18 PM

Re: “Prosecutors to Drop 14 Cases After Burlington Cop 'Lied' About Stop

This story is a big red flag to me. The fact that he lied, and hasn't been charged, is disconcerting, to say the least. The message to the public is "Police Lie." Well, guess what, Chief? That does not bode well for future relations between BPD and those it is supposed to "protect and serve."

Moreover, this line stopped me in my tracks: "Police officers nationwide are legally allowed to deceive suspects and be "creative" in questioning them to find ways to conduct searches, del Pozo said." Good grief, when did that happen? If our officers are taught that they can lie over here, but not over there ... well, it's not rocket science. The bottom line is that it's really okay to lie. That sucks.

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Posted by Marna Ehrech on 02/23/2017 at 8:08 PM

Re: “Walters: Scott's Customer-First Environmental Stewardship

It doesn't happen overnight but this is how it starts. One developer gets something, then another developer points and says "Hey, they got it. Why not me?" And, off we go, down the hole. Walmarts abutting wild spaces, golf courses crowding out important habitat, gas stations in the middle of nowhere. Its the wild places that make our experience unique as a destination. Once it's gone it's gone forever. And for what? So a very few can get very rich at the expense of the land and the culture.

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Posted by SpiderGoat on 02/23/2017 at 6:54 PM

Re: “As BHS Students Watch, Vermont Senate Passes Immigration Bill

Whoops! Thanks Tiki, we've excepted your correction.

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Posted by Sasha Goldstein on 02/23/2017 at 5:43 PM

Re: “Walters: Scott's Customer-First Environmental Stewardship

Oh please, if you're going to make these kind of allegations, take a look at Shumlin's record on environmental protection where he turned ANR into a permit factory that never saw a wind or solar project it didn't like. Develop high elevation highly erodable headwaters above 2500 feet? No problem. Permit acres of solar panels on Class 2 wetlands next to Lake Champlain. Sure. Never heard blogger Walters say a peep about Shumlin's gift to his friends who have profited mightily from destroying our state's environment and corrupting the regulatory agencies. And yes, it was a poorly worded press release which I related to the Agency staff about. At least there is someone there who will talk to me, unlike the Shumlin administration who shunned everyone that didn't toe the line.

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Posted by A. Smith on 02/23/2017 at 5:29 PM

Re: “As BHS Students Watch, Vermont Senate Passes Immigration Bill

This has definitely helped, seeing all the Americans that are very excepting."

It's hard for me to except the irony of this quote. I mean, accept.

Posted by Tiki Archambeau on 02/23/2017 at 5:25 PM

Re: “Burlington Cop Resigns After Perjury Allegation in Drug Case

I trust Chief Del Pozo to uphold the highest standards for himself and the members of the BPD.
I believe he is doing his best to be transparent and to engage the community in a process whose outcome is to continuously improve his departments performance.

There are instances where police officers have to make rapid decisions in order to protect their lives and the lives of innocent citizens - it's easy to second guess their actions not knowing all the details of the situation and the facts. In several of the cases mentioned if certain info had been disclosed to the public it could have jeaprodized the prosecution of the case.

I'm not saying there aren't police officers who break the law or act to attempt to cover up their actions- what I am saying is that I trust Chief Del Pozo to continuously monitor the actions of his Department,hold officers accountable for their actions, and inform the public if/when that disclosure wouldn't jeaprodize an ongoing investigation.

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Posted by Sarita Austin on 02/23/2017 at 5:17 PM

Re: “Immune-Boosting Fire Cider Packs Heat

Actually been available for a while..https://firecider.com

Posted by ArtBell on 02/23/2017 at 4:40 PM

Re: “Prosecutors to Drop 14 Cases After Burlington Cop 'Lied' About Stop

This illustrates how important body cameras are to protect people from unscrupulous police tactics. Chief del Pozo illustrates the culture of secrecy he has cultivated in his department by refusing to discipline the officer who didn't report that incriminating conversation, and by putting police "privacy" ahead of public safety. In this case if he hadn't been inept in turning his camera off, the lying officer would have had a nice "private" conversation about falsifying testimony and his crimes would have gone unchallenged.
It is a mistake to claim that on duty cops have "privacy" as they are acting as public representatives, and therefore must be subject to public scrutiny. Any less and we are building a Soviet style police state.
Also, the fact that any charges have yet to be filed in this open and shut case of criminal perjury shows that the state's attorneys aren't in a position to enforce police ethics: even when faced with direct evidence prosecutors have a hard time charging folks they worked with; plus, accusing a cop of dishonesty potentially un-does a lot of work and puts criminals on the street...
This inherent conflict of interest is why we need transparent, independent, civilian based oversight of law enforcement outside the AG's office.
Chief del Pozo and the AG need to act aggressively to restore public trust, which has been harmed both by this cops actions, and also the chief's lack thereof.

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Posted by BenEastwood on 02/23/2017 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Outta Town: Vermont's Congressional Delegation Spends Recess Far From Home

Mr.Walters in America we pay respect to the rank not the man. Have some respect when referring to your president.

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Posted by citizen on 02/23/2017 at 3:16 PM

Re: “Unlikely Allies Seek to Make Vermont's Milk the Cream of the Industry

These guys are a little late to the game on this. I started a farmer owned milk company and a brand of fluid milk called Vermont Family Farms back in the 1990s. The State of Vermont and the coops did everything they could to put us out of business because we dared to stand up to the dairy establishment and market a premium, BST free milk produced exclusively by sustainable Vermont dairy farms. Our farmer owners had tough standards for milk quality and land and animal care and they were paid substantially more for their milk. Annual sales of our milk had surpassed $1,000,000 dollars by 2000 when the farmer owners decided to sell the brand of milk which was eventually purchased and driven into the ground by HP Hood.

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Posted by Steven A Judge on 02/23/2017 at 2:54 PM

Re: “Burlington Cop Resigns After Perjury Allegation in Drug Case

Under del Pozo's leadership:
-orders body cams turned off at a standoff in Colchester
-murders petty drug dealer Kenny Stephans and 76 year old mentally distressed Phil Grenon
-botches the handling of the dissemination of KKK and anti-Semitic fliers around town
-strong arms the closing of Zen Lounge over hip-hop acts
-arrests two people for wearing Anonymous masks
-fails to warn the women of Burlington after an alleged rape in a downtown courthouse bathroom
-his dept cited for disproportionate stopping and searching of people of color
-add now his officers engaged in bogus police stops followed by phony pretext to search followed by perjured affidavits

How much longer is Burlington going to tolerate his crimes, professional malpractice and incompetence?
Call your city councilor. Demand his resignation now!

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Posted by Albert Petrarca on 02/23/2017 at 1:39 PM

Re: “'Three-Ring Circus:' Vermont House Election Recount Halted

I, too, am critical of the Legislature's priorities, but why does A. Smith have to turn every conversation, no matter what the subject, into an opportunity to express her single-minded hatred of wind power and the Public Service Board?

We've heard this all before!!! Ten billion times!!! The same thing on every thread, on every blog!!!

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 02/23/2017 at 1:33 PM

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